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Castle at Your Own Risk
Compiled by ganstaman

All amateurs know that you should castle to provide protection for your king. This two-piece move puts your king towards the side of the board, behind your pawns. Nice, safe position. But sometimes, some players get the crazy idea to castle into a position where their king is under heavy attack, or after they've already removed their blocking wall of pawns. These players are insane and should not be copied.

Advance the wall before you hide behind it!
A Machulsky vs Bagirov, 1973 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

So R+Q+2B+2P aimed at the kingside isn't enough?
Tartakower vs Spielmann, 1913 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

Confused as to which way to castle maybe?
Radjabov vs Ivanchuk, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

See, I told you it was dangerous
Koneru vs Z Nemeth, 2005 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

Replace pawn wall with Queen and Bishop, then sac Knight
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

Double-isolated pawns and open file - enough to castle behind?
Barsov vs N Miezis, 1995
(A60) Benoni Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

Perhaps he forgot he was advancing his kingside pawns??
Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 1996 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 23 moves, 0-1

I think the King just wanted to be near the Queen?
Blackburne vs R Fenton, 1871 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 35 moves, 0-1

Black absolutely owns g2, but white doesn't seem to care
Topalov vs Adams, 1993 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 38 moves, 1-0

Don't let that g-pawn run away!
Aronian vs Kramnik, 2007 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 43 moves, 1-0

Prepares to castle away from attack, then castles into it...
J Sapienza vs J Szmetan, 2003 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

"Castling into the shattered wing" --Keene's annotation
S J Hutchings vs Keene, 1975  
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 0-1

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